July 4th- McCarthy Style

July 4th is a crazy time in McCarthy, Alaska. Almost overnight, our sleepy little mountain village fills with tourists from as far away as Israel and Denmark.

McCarthy, Alaska is located in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. It is the largest park in the United States. It also has the largest inholdings of private property of any park in the nation. Here is our little gold miner’s cabin decked out for the celebration.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Hundred’s of locals and visitors gather every year for our annual Fourth of July Parade.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015The marching band always starts the parade off properly.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015The event is emceed by local business owners Neil Darrish and Nik Merlino.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015People get very creative with the resources available.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015The Wrangell Mountains Center always has a non-motorized float–frequently, but not always, a wheel barrel.

The Roadside Potato’s float featured live menu items and hippy drivers.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015St. Elias Alpine Guides spoofed the Park Service.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Where else can you see a Ranger’s bum?
Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Just in case you didn’t see it the first time.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015I tell people that McCarthy has a very high tolerance for eccentricity, and here is your visual proof.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Reality T.V. star Jason Lobo staged a small anti-establishment protest against the businesses of downtown during the middle of the event. I am not sure exactly what he is trying to say, but he does have right. It is a day of celebrating freedom after all.

The mosquitos came.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015And Hollis exterminated them all.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Don’t mess with Hollis.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Cause Hollis will get you.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015The parade featured local businesses.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015And local non-profits. Thank you fire department!

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015Gilligan and his crew showed up.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015After the parade there was a day of old school contests for all ages from cherry pit spitting to sack races.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015And there was some fine chilling on the porch too.

Maria Shell JULY 4th 2015I hope you all had a great Fourth of July!

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12 thoughts on “July 4th- McCarthy Style

  1. Carole on said:

    What a patriotic hoot your parade was. You let it hang out for freedom, let it ring! Thanks for sharing the frolic.

  2. Looks like fun for all! A belated Happy Fourth to all of you too!

  3. Thought I would peek in and WOW – even though I missed the post on the 4th – you have definitely made my day!

  4. Dee Danley-Brown on said:

    What a fun day your community must have had!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. vivienzf on said:

    I LOVE this visual showcase of the 4th in another part of the USA. Seems like a lot of fun– except for the guy in the duct tape briefs.

  6. Excellent! I love the Rhubarbarians. Happy 4th!

  7. I love the Rhubarbarians too!

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